A Big Open-Hearted Bear of a Man: A Conversation with Rusty Barnes, Writer, Editor, Publisher

BY ANTONIOS MALTEZOS Rusty Barnes lives and works in Revere, MA, but grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his BA from Mans­field Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and his MFA from Emer­son Col­lege. His fic­tion, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in over two hun­dred  jour­nals and antholo­gies. After edit­ing fic­tion […]

American Dreams

“When I think of my most successful friends, I often wonder if they do not feel as suffocated or as false in offices as I do. I wonder if it is easier for them to quiet their laughter or if they are fortunate enough to enjoy the costume of business casual. Maybe, really, it is just the culture of linear advancement that I despise—everyone competing with each other in pretend congeniality while marching in the same direction. Or maybe it is that I have always had a hard time believing in institutions, and consensus, and belonging.” ~ Laura Jean Moore

Stargazing and Other Miracles

by Susan Woodring Many months ago, I helped my mother-in-law heft a giant purple suitcase down two flights of stairs at her apartment complex at four o’clock in the morning. The suitcase was hardside, iridescent purple, spaceship-like. My mother-in-law is on the young side of sixty, blonde and […]

Cheers to Joe Mills!

Change Seven contributor Joe Mills has recently released a collection of over four dozen “wine poems,” the second edition of Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, which contains new poems, completely revised poems, and a re-arranged sequence.

Two Weeks Left to Submit

Only a couple weeks left to submit your work. We’re especially interested in your creative nonfiction and poetry, but we’ll take on more fiction than we can handle if necessary. We won’t let good work slip by us, so fear not. Send it. Also, send us art. Photos, […]

Body Talk

“Different bodies make a different literature. A woman, invisible, must insist on her corporeal self, while a man, visible, can be what is action. I write about violation and blood because it is the experience of this, my body, in these years, in this place. There is no hierarchy of lived experience or story told, even if one body is more valued than the other in the world.” ~ Laura Jean Moore